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Irish author Tana French's thrilled to take LA book prize

By John Spain

Irish author Tana French has won one of the most prestigious book awards in the US, the 'Los Angeles Times' Book Prize for Thrillers.

The annual 'LA Times' book prizes are divided into categories and the 'thriller' section is highly competitive because the award guarantees huge sales in the US.

Last year's winner of the category was Stephen King.

Already an international bestselling thriller writer, Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi.

She trained as an actor at Trinity College and has worked mainly in theatre before giving it up to be a full-time writer.

Her first two novels, 'In the Woods' and 'The Likeness', were both bestsellers.

Born in 1973, she lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

Ms French has won the LA Times award for her latest novel, 'Broken Harbour', which like her other thrillers has a strong Irish connection.

This story revolves around a ghost estate outside Dublin where two children and their father are found dead.

The book was a bestseller in Ireland last year, with reviews referring to French as "the queen of Irish thriller writers".

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